Vegan Nail Polish

The rise in veganism has meant that more and more dairy farms are closing and more and more people are choosing plant based meals over meat. There is a lot of light being shed on diet but what about lifestyle?

I love getting pampered. It was a hard pill to swallow finding out about the beauty industry and the harm behind our desire to look and feel good. So for a long time I boycotted any such things, from hair to nails, I avoided it all. However with the growth and awareness in veganism so many new and amazing products are becoming available to us. I love keeping my hair healthy and beautiful and I was really excited to see that brands such Kevin Murphy and Olaplex are vegan and 100% cruelty-free. Its a showcase that we dont have to use animals like we have been.

Why isnt nail polish vegan?

Something that often surprises people is that a lot of things in our day to day life are also not vegan. Animal products are in every nook and cranny of our lives from face and body creams to the glue in our shoes. And nail polish.

  • Keratin: This is an animal protein derived from animals such as cattle, horses, pigs, rabbits. Keratin can improve apprearance but only as long as itis on your hair and nails and loses benefit once washed off.
  • Guanine: Also known as natural pearl essence or the code CI 75170. It is processed fish scales to give a shimmery effect.
  • Carmine: Known as crimson lake, natural red 4 or the code CI 75470. It comes from drying and crushing scale insects that commonly live in cactus farms in South and Central America and used in various beauty products that use the red pigment.

Aside from animal ingredients, the worst part of beauty products is animal testing. Animal testing is dated and cruel. My journey towards vegan and cruelty-free products started about 7 years ago when I came across how they test perfume on rabbits by injecting it into their eyes. I have never forgotten the image and reinforces my passion to be a part of the Dolma Vegan and Crulety Free Fragrance team.

100% Vegan and Cruelty Free Nail Polish

Here is a list of 100% vegan and cruelty free nail polish brands and as an added bonus, salons across the UK that use them and aim to offer cruelty-free and ethical services.

Nailberry London

Nailberry is one of the top brands when it comes to nail colour that is vegan, creulty free and ethical.

What it also really special about Nailberry is their commitment to their philosophy whilst not compromising on quality.

There color range is absolutely stunning and up to date whilst free of 12 of the most common chemicals used in nail products.


Nailmatic is not as well known as Nailberry but defiently worth having a look.

They have a beautiful colour collection and not only are they vegan but they are also concerned about reducung their carbon footprint as much as possible – with climate change looming, this is really important.

They are an EU company but are sold on Zeitgeist UK

Nails Inc

Nail Inc didnt come up immediately in the vegan category. They are 100% cruelty-free but have a limited range of vegan colours.

Their pledge is to continue to expand their vegan range until they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

They too have a fabtastic colour collection and also have salons across the UK.


Zoya has been around for some time and has one of the most extensive colour collections I have seen.

They offer amazing quality. Zoya also takes pride in avoiding harmful chemicals often found in nail products and is 100% cruelty free and vegan.

They are mid range and worth the price if you are a nail colour addict.

What about cleaning?

Lets not stop at the nail polish but take it two steps further and make sure that the products we use to clean our nails are vegan and cruelty-free too. They are just as important as the varnish itself.

Iam in absolute love with these Reusable Nail Varnish Remover Pads.

They will undoubtedly become stained as you use them so the black is ideal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully about how to care for your pads.

Eco, sustainable minimalist product win!

Acetone is a strong chemical and a hazardous gas. Why not opt for a natural more gentler option that will still do the job?

Benecos Natural Nail Polish Remover will do just that.

Where to get a cruelty free vegan mani and pedi?

Surpisingly there are quite a few salons around the UK that offer ethical mani’s and pedi’s. A great sign for the future. Here is a list of salons and locaton for you to have your next pamper day or girls day out – vegan and cruelty-free. If you can’t find a salon near you, why not call your local salon and ask them to stock vegan nail polishes?

Share the word

To really make a difference we have to share the awarenes of animal testing and animal ingredients. Its not that people don’t care, it is simply that they dont know. Let’s share with our friends and family the options available. That their are just as good qulaity as the other brands. Let’s be the voice for the voiceless for a world where animal testing and oppression is a distant memory.